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Commentator Annie Gray Johnston gives thanks to the community that made the Arts Council Designer Showhouse so successful!

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut. 

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Our most important meal, experts and our mothers say: Breakfast! How was yours this morning?

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

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Pine Wood Tree Frogs

May 6, 2014
Andy Wood

  Last week's heavy weather swept up the Atlantic seaboard bringing storms and rain to our region; encouraging frogs to sing from their spring time breeding pools.  Commentator Andy Wood ventured into a rain flooded pocosin, recorder in hand, to get a closer listen. 

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award winning environmental educator.

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Comedy of Errors

Apr 24, 2014
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Comedy of Errors is coming to Shakespeare on the Green.  Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler reflects on the playwright and the message behind this farcical comedy. 

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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With disappearing airplanes, mudslides, lunatic bombers and flesh eating bacteria lurking around every corner, commentator Annie Gray Johnston wanted little control in this uncontrollable world by getting the last word....

Annie Gray Johnston is a General Enthusiast and Free Lance Nut. 

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Sibling Moments

Apr 17, 2014
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Sisters Joan and Jackie Collins, brothers Jimmy and Billy Carter….how much sibling rivalry was there?  Your closest relative may be your sibling since they are the only people on earth who share exactly the same DNA says commentator Nan Graham. 

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Just Sue Me!

Mar 25, 2014

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston considers all the reasons her kids would want to sue her.

Native Wilmingtonian Annie Gray Johnston is wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, and general nut.

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Aunts in the House

Mar 20, 2014

Commentator Nan Graham can hardly remember a time when her fabulous aunts were not part of her childhood.  There was always an aunt boarder…..on board.

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff, or its members.

Teacher

Mar 13, 2014
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Commentator Philip Gerard pays homage to the teachers that inspired him.  

Phillip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories and essays. He chairs the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington.

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Andy Wood

Commentator Andy Wood speaks for many when he says the last couple of days have been glorious, and none more than the cold-blooded reptiles, otherwise known as sliders and cooters. 

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

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Unsettling Truth

Mar 6, 2014
Fidias Reyes

After a poignant discussion with his grandmother, Fresh Voices-On-Air commentator Patrick Peoples comes to understand the value of disseminating truth without judgment. 

Patrick Peoples is a senior at New Hanover High School Lyceum Academy.  He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and moved to Wilmington at the age of 5.  He is president of the Young Democrats Club and is a candidate for the rank of Eagle Scout.  

If you would like to become a Fresh Voices On-Air commentator and you’re between the ages of 12 and 17, email us your submission at op services at WHQR dot org.

Cultural Ignorance

Mar 4, 2014
Jason Hess

Fresh Voices-On-Air commentator Lindsey Amaya asks us to embrace cultural diversity as a way of promoting tolerance and understanding. 

Lindsey Amaya is a junior at Hoggard High School.  She is an active member of Beta Club, the National Honor Society and the youth group at St. Mark’s Catholic Church.  Lindsey loves to volunteer in her community as well as spend time with her family and friends.

If you would like to become a Fresh Voices On-Air commentator and you’re between the ages of 12 and 17, email us your submission at op services at WHQR dot org.

Dude, Poetry!

Feb 27, 2014
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April is National Poetry month!  Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler encourages us to celebrate year round. 

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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Can't Be Bored

Feb 25, 2014
Annie Gray Johnston

Commentator Annie Gray Johnston touts the significance of the arts and the newly-formed Arts Council of Wilmington, to our community.

Native Wilmingtonian Annie Gray Johnston is wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, and general nut.

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Without A Trace

Feb 20, 2014
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With identity theft a big issue today, commentator Nan Graham discovers she has a problem getting a job with the FBI or getting through airport security.

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

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Conrad Meister II

Feb 18, 2014
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Commentator Shane Fernando goes on a house renovation adventure.

Commentator Shane Fernando is Director of Campus Life, Arts and Programs at UNCW.  He lives with his partner in Historic Downtown Wilmington.

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Purple Pitcher Plant

Feb 11, 2014
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Commentator Andy Wood steps outside during last week's ice storm to explore a boggy place where several carnivorous plants dwell.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

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A World Powered by Caffeine

Feb 4, 2014
Fidias Reyes

Fresh Voices-On-Air commentator Torrance Yang shares some insight on the drug that runs the world. 

Torrance Yang is a junior at Hoggard High School where he participates in the Math, Science Olympiad and Quiz Bowl clubs.  He’s also on the Hoggard Swim Team and he’s an Eagle Scout.  

If you would like to become a Fresh Voices On-Air commentator and you’re between the ages of 12 and 17, email us your submission at op services at WHQR dot org.

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Exploring The Unknown

Jan 30, 2014
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Fresh Voices-On-Air commentator Caroline Puckett seeks to understand the universe, our beliefs and our existence.

Caroline Puckett is a junior at Hoggard High School. She’s an active member of the Science Olympiad team, the girls cross country team, Beta club, and tutoring program. She aspires to have a career in international business.

If you would like to become a Fresh Voices On-Air commentator and you’re between the ages of 12 and 17, email us your submission at opservices@WHQR. org.

This I Believe

Jan 28, 2014
Jason Hess

Fresh Voices-On-Air is back with commentator David Gray Bagnal who is a strong proponent of the Constitution’s Second Amendment.

David Gray Bagnal is a junior at Hoggard High School where he is a member of the Beta Club and the Marching Vikings.  He is also an Eagle Scout and an active member of the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church Youth Council.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler tries to inspire us to improve our minds like the Great Sherlock Holmes. 

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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Get ready for a breath of fresh air.  Commentator Annie Gray Johnston has a peppermint pattie for you.

Native Wilmingtonian Annie Gray Johnston is wife, mother, sister, daughter, friend, and general nut.

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The Borrowers

Jan 16, 2014
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You will have to overlook any errors in pronunciation in these observations.  Commentator Nan Graham says she hopes you will forgive her rendering of world-wide languages.

Nan Graham's WHQR commentaries can be found in her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute. 

WHQR Commentaries don't necessarily reflect the views of WHQR Radio, its editorial staff , or its members.

Directions

Jan 9, 2014
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Commentator Philip Gerard finds that understanding directions is shaped by our personal memories and experiences.

Phillip Gerard is the author of seven books, eleven documentary scripts, and numerous short stories and essays. He chairs the Department of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington.

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Following one of his commentaries last April, on the subject of managing water as an essential natural resource, someone asked via this station’s website, “Andy, what’s the solution?” As we enter 2014, commentator Andy Wood offers these thoughts regarding the imperative issue of wise resource management.

Andy Wood is an author, ecologist, and award-winning environmental educator.

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My Kindergartener

Dec 19, 2013
Nan Graham

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Nan Graham is a proud mother of two. So, of course, she was no less than thrilled to find out that one of her children had been selected to perform in a holiday presentation. Well... maybe shocked too. And a little confused. Hear why in today's commentary, "My Kindergartner."

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Wilmington Faith and Values

All over the world, people are celebrating the life and mourning the death of South Africa’s Nelson Mandela. Commentator Philip Stine recalls another man whose spiritual transformation made him an unlikely but essential partner with Mandela in forging a post-apartheid South Africa:

I grew up in a country neighboring South Africa whose laws essentially copied apartheid. Separation was our life, and race was a constant topic of conversation.

You Are Beautiful

Dec 5, 2013

Fresh Voices commentator Callie Hill overcomes society’s obsession with physical perfection and discovers her own definition of beauty. 

Callie Hill is 15 years old and was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina.  She’s an honor student at New Hanover High School where she participates in Key Club and Literary Club. She has a twin brother who plays baseball at New Hanover and supports him by going to every game. 

The Sad End of Real Music

Dec 3, 2013
Jason Hess

Fresh Voices On-Air commentator Spencer Carlson, takes a stance against the music industry’s auto-tuning trend.

Spencer Carlson is a 16 year old sophomore at New Hanover High School.  He's been playing guitar since he was nine years old.  He enjoys playing with many local musicians and someday hopes to become a musician himself.

If you would like to become a Fresh Voices On-Air commentator and you’re between the ages of 12 and 17, email us your submission at op services at WHQR dot org.

2 Thanksgivings

Nov 28, 2013
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Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler encapsulates what she believes Thanksgiving should really be about.

Commentator Gwenyfar Rohler loves the classics, reading, and managing an independent bookstore in Downtown Wilmington.

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